Brevital Withdrawal

Brevital is only available legally for hospital use as an intravenous anesthetic because it is such a powerful sedative. Brevital is a type of barbiturate, which is an older class of drugs that were mostly replaced by benzodiazepines in the 1980s due to the high risk of abuse associated with barbiturates. Even though Brevital is supposed to be only available in medical settings, it has made its way to the black market.

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And even though it’s not as common as it once was, Brevital is still abused because of its powerful sedative effects. However, Brevital withdrawal can be a difficult and even dangerous process. It’s best to seek out professional help to help manage withdrawal symptoms when you’re ready to detox from Brevital. Learn more below about how to withdraw safely from Brevital.

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What Are the Brevital Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawing from barbiturates such as Brevital can cause difficult symptoms. Brevital withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Tremors
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • High temperature
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure
  • Death

What Are the Stages in the Brevital Withdrawal Timeline?

Brevital withdrawal symptoms usually occur in two stages, like withdrawal from other barbiturates. The earlier symptoms are considered minor and the later symptoms are considered major.

Minor barbiturate withdrawal symptoms start about eight to 12 hours after the last dose. These symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle twitching
  • Hand tremors
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Distorted vision
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Low blood pressure

Approximately, 16 hours after the last dose of Brevital, major barbiturate withdrawal symptoms may occur. These symptoms can last for roughly five days:

  • Convulsions
  • Delirium

Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms, particularly mental and emotional symptoms, may continue for several months or years.

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Why Should I Detox?

Quitting drugs cold turkey can be difficult and painful. In some cases, it can be dangerous or even deadly. Barbiturates like Brevital can cause very severe symptoms, which makes it dangerous to try to withdraw on your own.

In general, withdrawing on your own without professional medical treatment can be very challenging given the difficult physical symptoms. It’s important to find a professional, medically-assisted detox program to support you during Brevital withdrawal.

Entering a professional addiction treatment detox program will ensure that you are carefully monitored in a safe environment while your body goes through the difficult, and sometimes painful, detoxification process. Plus, participating in an addiction treatment program improves your chances for a lasting recovery because of the structured medical and emotional support provided.

What is the Next Treatment Step?

The best opportunity for successful recovery treatment is to follow a full continuum of treatment. Full continuum treatment includes starting with the medical detox process, then progressing from an inpatient status to an outpatient level of treatment.


The first stage of withdrawal treatment is known as detox. The goal during this stage is medical stabilization. Detox usually lasts from a few days up to a week. Your medical team, which includes doctors, nurses, and support staff, will give you a complete medical assessment to determine your level of addiction and any additional medical needs you may have. The assessment will include a medical exam and urine or blood tests to screen for drugs.

Your medical team will monitor you 24/7 to help manage uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and prevent dangerous sedative withdrawal symptoms.

Many people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges as they detox. Because of this, your treatment plan will also include emotional support as you begin addiction therapy. Once you are medically stabilized, a longer-term treatment plan will be put in place for you.


If you have any co-occurring medical conditions or further post-acute withdrawal symptoms that require further medical treatment, you may continue with the next stage of treatment on an inpatient basis. Inpatient treatment is intensive and includes 24/7 medical monitoring. You will also begin seeing a therapist on a regular basis at this stage.


A partial-hospitalization program (PHP) is like a cross between inpatient care and outpatient treatment. During this stage, you’ll live at a transitional living facility while undergoing a supportive, rigorous, and structured treatment program five days a week for six hours each day.

You will be able to participate in individual, group, and family therapy programs to address your emotional and mental health needs. The focus during PHP will be on learning positive life skills, coping mechanisms, and techniques to help prevent relapse. The goal is to help you be better prepared for long-term recovery. This training will help you begin the process of returning to your life outside the treatment center.


Once you have completed the PHP stage, you will move into an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The IOP level of treatment allows you to live at home while still providing counseling and programs designed to help support you in your recovery process. Depending on your treatment plan, you will participate in about nine or more hours of clinical therapy each week. Sessions occur several times throughout the week and help you continue to learn ways to cope with cravings, stress, and other issues that may come up.


After you complete the formal treatment program, you will have the opportunity to get to know other treatment center alumni during weekly support groups and social events. These aftercare opportunities to meet other program graduates can help you develop new friendships and build social support with others who understand the recovery process. Building this support network can help you grow and stay focused on your recovery as you continue to adjust to life after the treatment program and take on new responsibilities. It can be a great way to share relapse prevention strategies, new experiences, and techniques to manage stress and frustration. And it can be a way to enjoy spending time with new friends.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

If you need help withdrawing from Brevital safely, contact the admissions specialists at Ocean Breeze Recovery for free and confidential help 24/7. They can provide the guidance and support you need to get started with the treatment process and answer any questions you may have. After speaking with a specialist, you will know what to expect from our evidence-based services and feel prepared to make an informed decision about your plans for treatment.

Our specialists can also check with your private health insurance to see if your treatment costs will be fully covered. Remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Call us today at 844-554-9279 and let us help you get started on your journey to recovery.